The energy decree of Pedro Sanchez crosses borders to the detriment of the Spanish tourism sector. British tourists, key to the sector every summer, read in the main media how the Government of Sánchez will receive them with a decree with which they will be “roasted” if they visit Spain, due to the obligation to adjust the air conditioning to 27 degrees .
“The heater is on,” they headline in The Sun. The tabloid is clear: “The British could boil.” The article recalls the high temperatures that are recorded these days in Spain, even higher than 40 degrees, and points out the preferred destinations of the British population in Spain as the worst places to go.
“Gran Canaria, the favorite holiday spot of the British, is expected to reach 37 degrees, while other parts of the south are estimated to exceed 40 degrees,” the article explains.
Sky News also echoes Sánchez’s latest decree and headlines that citizens who visit Spain will be «barbecues under the new measures energy saving”. The media quotes the president of the Costa del Sol Tourist Board, Francisco Salado, who assures that they want “satisfied tourists, not roasted tourists or those who are afraid to walk the streets in the dark.”
The president of the Board affirms that “it makes no sense” to force “hotels, restaurants, clubs, museums, cinemas, shops, train and bus stations and airports to raise the thermostat to 27 degrees, precisely in the middle of a heat wave.”
British publications also refer to the obligation to turn off shop windows at 10 p.m. For Salado it is «as if this decree had been written by a Martiansomeone who has a profound ignorance of our country and who has not consulted with anyone.
The Government has finally called a sector conference for this Monday at 10 in the morning to analyze with the regional councilors the details of the energy saving decree and “clear up doubts” about the scope and application of the measures that come into force on Wednesday. A decision that comes just one day after Isabel Díaz Ayuso demanded it.
The objective of the appointment, the Ministry points out, “is to align the energy saving and efficiency policies of all administrations” and “thus reaffirm in solidarity” the commitment to save 7% of the energy consumption acquired by Spain before the EU to deal with the socio-economic consequences of the invasion of Ukraine by the regime of Vladimir Putin. No changes are foreseen in the controversial decree. Minister Teresa Ribera has warned that “excuses of misunderstanding, non-compliance or lack of knowledge are not valid” and that they have called the meeting “to resolve doubts about how to apply it”.
This decree, approved last Monday in the Council of Ministers, incorporates several measures to “save energy”, such as limiting air conditioning to 27 degrees or heating to 19 degrees, in addition to turning off shop windows and lighting public buildings after 10 p.m. and the placement of automatic door-closing systems in establishments. The measures will be in force until November 2023.
lack of ice
News from the British press also highlights that, given the “scorching” climate, an unprecedented shortage of ice is taking place in Spain, hitting restaurants and nightlife venues. “Nightclubs are the brave spots of British holidays and there is a risk that they will close due to lack of ice,” says The Sun.
The newspaper says that bar and restaurant owners are “desperate” and “rushing” to stock up on ice after some stores began limiting the number of bags they sell to customers. “The shortage of ice is not only affecting night outings, but supermarkets and gas stations limit the sale to each customer,” the article emphasizes.
The lack of ice for both hotels and nightlife “will get worse” from next week and will last until the end of the month, sources in the sector told Efe. The same sources pointed out that the supply problem will “exacerbate” because demand has tripled in recent days, in part, due to a “psychosis” of both consumers and sellers.
Ice manufacturers and distributors remember that the national holiday of August 15 will bring the problem to a head. Large supermarket chains such as Mercadona have limited sales to five bags or one bag of ice per customer and others such as Consum to two bags per customer per day. They are two examples of a situation and generalized measures for all the chains of the country.
From the hotel management they want to play down the matter and assured Efe that the problem is not affecting the sector, although they did recognize that there may be “specific cases” of lack of supply in bars and restaurants.